We are a resource protection and land management advisory service.
The Loddon Farm Advice Project offers free advice and assistance on resource protection and land management issues to farmers and landowners across the Loddon catchment. The aim of the project is to protect water quality whilst improving efficiency on farm through advice and support on soil, nutrient and pesticide management. The Loddon Farm Advice Project is delivered by Arcadian Farm Advice and funded by Affinity Water, South East Water and Catchment Sensitive Farming.
What we do:
- Raise awareness of diffuse pollution risk and practices likely to exacerbate the risk.
- Encourage appropriate changes in practice
- Provide practical advice and training
- Encourage uptake of resource protection options under Countryside Stewardship
Through Loddon Farm Advice, Catchment sensitive Farming (CSF) advice is available on topics including:
- Manure management
- Nutrient management
- Soil condition
- Pesticide management
- Farm infrastructure
Catchment Sensitive Farming Advice
Catchment Sensitive Farming advice also links to the funding available through Countryside Stewardship grants. Endorsement of a Mid Tier application will increase the chance of success for holdings targeted for water quality outcomes. Some Countryside Stewardship capital items require written support from a Catchment Sensitive Farming officer (CSFO) as part of the application evidence requirement.
If you are considering a Countryside Stewardship or water quality capital grant application or have resource protection issues on your farm that you would like to address please do get in touch with Amanda Ingham on 01256 381017 or send a message from our contact page to see how CSF may be able to help.
Loddon Farm Advice is also running a number of targeted projects aiming at reducing levels of pesticides reaching watercourses in the catchment. For more information on these schemes please visit the News section.
Funding and partners
The Loddon Farm Advice Project was first established in the Hampshire section of the Loddon catchment by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust in 2006 as an associate project under the England Catchment Sensitive Farming Delivery Initiative (ECSFDI). More recently Loddon Farm Advice has expanded to cover the whole Loddon catchment and since 2016 is now being delivered in partnership and with funding from Affinity Water, South East Water and Catchment Sensitive Farming.